NGF crisis: Jang replies Kwankwaso

Jonah Jang, Plateau state governor

The Plateau Governor said he never begged to be nominated as NGF chairman.

The Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, has rebutted his Kano State counterpart, Rabiu Kwankwaso, for allegedly voting for his opponent, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, in the Nigeria Governors Forum chairmanship election, despite nominating Mr. Jang for the position.

A statement by the Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Yiljap Abraham, on Thursday stated that Mr. Jang never begged any governor to nominate himnto contest the chairmanship election of the forum, NGF.

Mr. Jang lost the election by 16 votes to 19 to Mr. Amaechi, but has rejected the results; instead proclaiming himself the chairman of the forum and factionalising it.

“Governor Jang never sought to be ‘Consensus Candidate’; never begged for NGF chairmanship – and so cannot be disgraced. He will come out clean – unstained and untainted,” he said.

The statement claimed Mr. Kwankwaso’s alleged comment over the crisis was not being fair to Mr. Jang.

Read Mr. Jang’s statement below.

KWANKWASO, A GAME AND POLITICAL MORALITY

Governor Kwankwaso’s account of events during the Northern States Governors’ Forum which led to the adoption of Governor Jonah Jang as the candidate of the region for the chairmanship of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum has thrown a moral glitz on Nigeria’s political turf.

His admission that he personally nominated Governor Jonah Jang and asked Governor Suswam of Benue to support his move only because “It was a game…”Clearly showed a mind luxuriating in unethical lyrics.

That the Kano Governor could walk cool out of the room wherein “they” had decided to set up Benue and Plateau for a national “fall” tells us a bit about why we may not capture back soon Nigeria’s political morality. That he could nominate Jang as consensus candidate and still not “vote” for him showed an incredible double-speak!

Where the porch of integrity Kwanwaso was had constructed as Nigeria’s Defense Minister?

Is this “game” part of the crafted Kwankwasiyya curriculum that must be passed by those under the governor’s tutelage? Is crass deception now being introduced as part of a leader’s necessary attitudinal regalia in Nigeria’s politics? Will this form part of our national values as we trudge toward 2015… and the years beyond?

As we reflect further on the implication of what Governor Kwankwaso has ‘divulged’, there is still a generation in Kano, Jigawa, Nasarawa, Plateau and beyond that will reminisce at those glorious years of political brotherhood when Governor Abubakar Rimi and Governor Solomon Lar brought Kano and Plateau to an unbreakable and unshakeable bond of temperate unity (even though they belonged to different political parties and religions!) – a relationship that stood as an icon of national integration and regional mutuality.

“We refuse to consider that political deception should be celebrated as a national value or that it proves a graduation from elementary politics. Rather, leaders should be made to uphold universally accepted values such as truthfulness, unity, sincerity, courage and integrity. Not to do so is to consign “graduate leaders” to perpetual political elementarism.

Governor Jang never sought to be ‘Consensus Candidate’; never begged for NGF chairmanship – and so cannot be disgraced. He will come out clean – unstained and untainted.

Plateau people will ever remain overcomers of all forms of deceptions and manipulations that are targeted at their temperance, discretion and nationalistic zeal.

Yiljap Abraham

Hon Commissioner,

Information and Communication, Plateau state.


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  • Dominic’s

    Oga Jang swallow ur pride and accept defeat

  • Pivo679

    I can’t believe all the madness coming from this man. If he never begged or wanted to be the NGF chairman, why is he forcing himself to be one?. Where on earth can some body with 16 votes claim he won over his opponent with 19 votes. Only idiots can contemplate such nonsense!. Jang has ruined Plateau State due to incompetence, lack of vision and vindictiveness that is all. He is energized by acts of wickedness and trouble and claims to be a Pastor what a shame. Please save us this national disgrace and do something positive for the people of Plateau State!!…

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    congrats Kwankwaso, you have disgraced Plateau and Benue states. Congrats again.

    • Sadiq Garba

      This is not worthy enough to congratulate him.
      But if you’re congratulating him for blocking the moves by the presidency to impose the NGF chair, then it is worthy.
      Kwankwaso’s action is beyond Jang, Suswam or the NSGF, it is for Nigeria and Nigerians. Kwankwaso’s action has unveiled the secret agenda of the presidency and the non-Judases governors to have an imposition on the chair of NGF.

  • KATUNG GYANG

    JONAH JANG IS THE BIGGEST FOOL….. AN OLD MAN THAT HAS NO RESPECT FOR HIS
    OLD AGE. WHICH FORMULA CAN CHANGE 16 > 19????? MR GOVERNOR RESPECT
    YOUR OLD AGE AND SHUT THE FUCK YOUR STUPID DIRTY MOUTH NOW. GO TOKANO
    AND SEE WHAT KWAKWASSO IS DOING TO KANO STATE WHAT HAVE YOU CRAFTED IF
    NOT DIVIDE AND RULE, MALADMINISTRATION AT ITS BEST AND CLUELESS
    LEADERSHIP WITH DISRESPECT FOR OTHERS FAITH AND CREATING DISUNITY ANF
    NEPOTISM IN THE HIGH LAND STATE.

    JANG IS DISGRACE TO THIS NATION AND PLATEAU STATE IN PARTICULAR.

    • Sadiq Garba

      The long and short of the story is –
      the presidency asked for a fool to use at the NGF contest and kwankwaso willingly gave them one.

  • Sagba

    Jang is standing on a weak moral pulpit to preach this nice sermon on integrity, morality and truth! The audience will take him to be Alibaba ( a jester)! No one will believe his sermon!

    • isaac

      Sagba, I do believe. So you can shut up.

      • Pivo679

        While we are all entitled to our opinions, I am sure you honestly don’t believe what you’ve just said. Jang is a very primitive man, morally bankrupt, inept and incompetent to say the least. He is also the worst thing that has ever happened to the State since its creation. He had no vision to move the State forward like J.D. Gomwalk and Atukum thought short lived. It is under his watch that healthcare has been destroyed in the State, yet he uses public funds to go for treatments abroad including his family members. Nothing makes him so special!. His sister not a government official died in India not too long ago. Do you know how many fellow citizens are dying daily in Plateau hospitals from the lack of basics?. I am a healthcare professional and I know. It is under his watch that education has crumbled, Plateau used to be the place where Nigerians from all corners came to receive their education but not anymore. The schools are still there including the ones built by missionaries but, go and see in what state they are all in today. Jang has created more candidates for Boko Haram than any Governor because of his incompetence, vindictiveness and lack of vision. It is under his watch that relations between various ethnic groups of the State became worst even among the beroms if you are not from Du. The list goes on and on. He has now exposed his character as a troublemaker at the national level with the NGF shameful saga. He is just not fit for purpose as a primitive, uneducated, unexposed and wicked bigot!!!!…

  • Dan maikoko

    I cant believe my eyes that Jang is preaching religious and regional unity when plateau state and other middle beltan states voted for GEJ a southerner based on his religion and rejected a northern candidate based on the region and religion he practices. Where is all the call for a middle belt united against the north? What happened to the religious intolerance that Jang preached which led to the death of thousands in plateau state that only the advent of Boko haram terrorists retaliations has suppressed. Akwai ranar kin dillanchin kura, ranar da akuyar mai gari ta bata. Ku ja muje zuwa 2015. Lest I forget may the almighty uplift Kwankwaso and Kwankwasiyya, amen.

    • Sadiq Garba

      Kwankwasiyya – Amana

  • Sadiq Garba

    Kwankwaso did not say that he was begged to nominate somebody. Jang should not confuse anyone by putting words into the mouth of RMK.
    The fact is that RMK nominated Jang. Jang accepted the nomination and went for election where he was defeated. That’s all.
    Jang has every right to turn down the nomination. That he did not do because he is interested.
    Nobody said Jang begged.
    Everybody said Jang failed.

  • Richy Amechi Fidel

    Jang has refused to swallow his pride oooh, this man no get shame at all.

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